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. >>> president obama and house speaker john boehner met at the white house today and the topic of discussion is the impending fiscal cliff. spokesman for both men, they say two the agreed to not release details of the conversation, but that they emphasize the line of communication remain open. trying to find a deficit cutting deal to stop the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to kick in at the beginning of the year. >>> former south african president nelson mandela is nit hospital tonight. those around him are giving few detailed investigation. the 94-year-old hero had been admitted to a military hospital for tests and as he was, "comfortable." a report says that he is no longer speaking. delegation of the leaders visit the hospital today. he became south africa's first black president in 1994. >>> well an unexpected find in san francisco's bay is stirring some excitement. signs of the marine life in the water's off of vallejo were one particular ball. it has been spotted in more than a century. cbs 5 reporter with this fine and what it could mean. >> reporte
enthusiasm that follows a face-to-face meeting between president obama and house speaker john boehner. >> reporter: if lawmakers want to settle this in time for christmas, negotiators need to kick it into high gear next week. they must reach an agreement by early next week at the latest. that's the only way that members will have enough time to read it, debate it, and vote on it in the house and senate before heading home for the holidays. in a now familiar routine, both sides blamed each other today for the slow pace of talks. the senate democratic leader harry reid. >> right now they are the only thing standing between congress and the compromise. >>> a spokesman said that in a statement, the respect offer made last week remains an offer as we continue to wait for the president to identify the spending cuts he's willing to make as a part of the balanced approach that he promised the american people. and the white house and the speaker office has not released a single detail about that meeting on sunday. they think that it's good news, a sign that will become serious just in time. cb
obama and house speaker john boehner may be working on a deal privately. the associated press says the two have been talking secretly by telephone. among the proposals the white house may agree to less tax revenue but the speaker still wants to see what cuts the president will make. publicly neither side is giving away anything right now. >> we're still waiting for the white house to identify what spending cuts the president willing to make as part of the balanced approach that he promised the american people. >> what is required is, you know, agreement by republicans to some specific revenues that includes raising rates. >> and right now there is no indication the president is willing to compromise on his insistence that tax rates for the highest earners must go up. >> protests over michigan's right to work legislation carried into the night. earlier demonstrators were outside and inside the capitol as michigan's house passed the bill the senate approved earlier. protesters demand the governor veto the bill. >> i appreciate they have a different perspective. but this is the right
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